All on 4 Candidacy
Dental Implant Expert Aurora, CO
While dental implants are the preferred option for replacing missing teeth, it could take longer than expected to actually start enjoying them. This is especially true for edentulous, or soon-to-be edentulous (toothless) patients. As a result of certain factors, it may not be possible for some to receive an implant in the first place. This, however, is not something to worry about anymore. Here at Summerbrook Dental Group, we are committed to saving the smile of even the most challenging cases with the revolutionary All-on-4 Treatment, a convenient, life-changing dental restoration solution.
What Does an All-on-4 Treatment Involve?
As the name implies, the All-on-4 Treatment includes the placement of four implants in the upper or lower jaw, which are precisely angled (depending on the individual jawbone structure of each patient) in order to allow for a comfortable, minimally invasive procedure. The implants set a strong foundation for the following attachment of a dental bridge, which can hold a set of up to 14 teeth.
The screw-shaped implants are made of titanium, so they can be durable enough to last a lifetime. They are also compatible with your jawbone, meaning that it is possible for them to osseointegrate (fuse with it). The bridge, on the other hand, consists of synthetic teeth made of acrylic or porcelain. We use these materials as both accurately reassemble the appearance and feel of natural teeth.
Is the All-on-4 Treatment for Me?
A consultation with our team will be necessary to discuss the replacement option that will best suit your case. Patients who are unable to receive a dental implant due to lack of sufficient jawbone volume are usually recommended to have an All-on-4 Treatment. Only a few implants are strategically positioned according to the space available, so they are bound to remain steady without causing any discomfort.
As the treatment is intended for restoring large arches of missing teeth, however, it may not be suitable to replace a single tooth or just a few teeth. If a patient still has plenty of healthy teeth that can be preserved, then it will be better to choose a different option.
What Is the Process Like?
During the procedure, we will need to remove the remaining teeth that will impede us from attaching the new set of teeth. We will also cut any infected gum tissue if there is any. After cleaning the area, we will numb it in order to safely place the implants. We will suture the incisions closed, and then attach a temporary bridge to them, so we can restore your smile in just a single visit. The process is fairly simple, and it does not take more than a few hours to complete.
Due to the nature of the surgery, you can expect to recover from it in a matter of two weeks. Commonly, the first days of recovery involve difficulty swallowing, and minimal bleeding and soreness. You may alleviate this discomfort with over-the-counter medications. We may also prescribe patients with antibiotics to help avoid any risk of infections. The osseointegration process may take different periods of time for each person, but we will follow its progress closely. Once it is finalized, we will be able to place a final, custom-made bridge for you.
The All-on-4® Treatment Concept can be beneficial to a number of patients, allowing them to smile with confidence and ease once more. For further details about the All-on-4 Treatment, or to schedule an appointment, please contact us here at Summerbrook Dental Group at 720-882-9988 today.